In March 2018, it came to light that a Bollywood actress, Pooja Dadwal, is suffering from tuberculosis. The actress is known for starring in the Salman Khan movie, Veergati, in 1995. Pooja starred opposite Salman's brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri in the movie. The news was shocking to all as it was reported the actress had no money to pay for her treatment. Upon learning about it, Salman said at an event, "It’s very sad… I didn’t know about this. But our team has got in touch with her. She will be okay.” Well, now we have a good news.
Yesterday, Pooja was discharged from the hospital after making some recovery in her health, as per a report by Mumbai Mirror. Talking about the same, Pooja said, “I can’t describe how I am feeling. When I was hospitalised on March 2, I thought I was going to die there - bedridden in a corner of that depressing ward. My family and friends had abandoned me. I gave up all hope after the doctors told me that my lungs were severely affected. Incessant coughing and breathlessness had left me weak. And I saw so many like me, dying all alone – their friends and family, like mine, had deserted them. But then I decided that I don’t want to end up like that. I decided to fight, to not let the disease win."
She further added how Salman has been instrumental in her road to recovery. "Yes, one of the side-effects of tuberculosis is social rejection but I am really thankful to Salman Khan who lent me the support. From clothes to soaps, diapers, food, medicines, his foundation took care of everything. If I survived the ordeal, it is only because of him.” she explained.
The report quotes a doctor suggesting that Pooja will have to continue with her medication for another one month. "We were stumped with Pooja’s latest CT scan report. The lesions were reduced, her appetite was better, she has gained weight, her sputum was negative. Though her report suggests that she is TB bacteria free but she has to complete another one month course,” said Dr Lalit Anande.
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